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Architectural musings as it relates to renovating in New York.

New Website: Redesigning Strata for Clarity

  New website redesign process The process of redesigning an existing and functional website can be fraught with risk and uncertainty and many times we find ourselves repeating the ever common saying, "if it 'aint broke, don't fix it." But I ask you; if we took that...

Officially the World’s Ugliest Paint Color

  After much research, science has determined the world's ugliest paint color. More specifically, this sewage tinged hue is more like the most displeasing of colors according to an Australian government study. Let's put it this way: it has been successfully used to...

How Much and How Long Will a Remodel Cost?

  Every year Houzz, a website and platform dedicated to home remodeling and design, gathers survey information on actual renovations. The 2016 Houzz & Home annual survey gathered information from more than 120,000 registered, including more than 70,000 who renovated...

How to Create a Renovation Budget

  After gathering great design ideas from Pinterest and other online sources, you're probably excited about renovating your condo or co-op. That excitement can lead you to jumping into renovation too soon. Before hiring any architects or contractors, you must set a...

A Co-op Redesign Checklist

  Renovations always take time, patience and an understanding of the process. Urban renovations are particularly complex due to the issues inherit in living in major metropolitan areas with an inordinate amount of building regulations. Co-op renovations, however, have...

The Smartest Way to Have a Smart Home

  Having a smart home can be a very smart move. Not only can you save time with the conveniences offered by home automation, but you can gain peace of mind as well. There are so many companies to choose from, though, where do you start? Let us help you with that....

5 Steps – A NYC Renovation That’s Up to Code

There are many city agencies you might work with to complete your renovation, the New York City Department of Buildings is the one responsible for approving construction and permitting work to begin. If you are in a condo or co-op and you're making only minor,...

Debunking the 5 Most Common Renovation Myths

  When you get ready to renovate your home, you've probably heard it all! From "Just choose a well-known firm! There's no need to look around when you know other people have been happy with what they're getting!" to "Any designer is going to be too expensive. Just do...

Get Ahead of The Hottest 2016 Design Trends

  2015 was certainly the year of the neutral, with soft greys performing as a backdrop to white subway tile kitchens and baths, all anchored by black accents to provide balance. While this look is classic -- and isn't going out of style anytime soon, incorporate the...

Is Organic Modern Design Right for You?

  Organic modernism is a design trend in New York that presents elements of nature in a stylish modern manner. This design is ideal for people who love natural light, airy fabrics, clean color palettes, and nature. A key design aspect of organic modern architecture is...

Ways to Achieve Minimalism in Residential Design

  Minimalist design for residences or offices appears simple but often requires careful consideration. A great deal of in-depth, extensive problem-solving goes into creating a minimalist environment. The advantages to living in minimalist environments include reducing...

Design a Warm Bathroom for the Winter

  At the height of winter, the last thing you want to do is step into a freezing bathroom and remove the layers keeping you warm. It’s possible, though, to turn what might be the chilliest room in your home into a warm and comfortable space. Here are some ways to...

Architects Get More Creative with an iPad

  Advancing technology has made most of our lives much simpler and helped many careers to become more efficient. Now architects are able to be more creative by using iPads. The new iPad Pro, combined with the Apple Pencil, gives architects many convenient advantages...

3 Important Things Your Architect Wants You to Stop Doing

  It's incredibly difficult to estimate the important role an architect plays in a remodel. Our job is to take the seemingly impossible and make it possible, come up with ways to tackle the problems your faced with, and figure out how to satisfy you; which is the most...

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